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 Harry James Oshiver  (1888 - 1974)

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Lived/Active: Pennsylvania / Russian Federation      Known for: still life, illustration, graphics

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Moscow, Russia, Harry Oshiver became a painter in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He studied at Spring Gardens Institute and the Pennsylvania Academy with Daniel Garber, Hugh Breckenridge, and Henry McCarter. He earned a Cresson traveling scholarship in 1924 and 1925 from the Academy and also exhibited there and at the Philadelphia Sketch Club.

His work is at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.

Source: Who Was Who in American Art by Peter Falk
The following is from Samuel J. Munafo of Philadelphia:

In the summer of 1937, I worked for Harry Oshiver as a printer's apprentice. My duties included sweeping floors, washing down the presses, and making deliveries, in addition to operating some of the smaller hand fed presses. He owned and operated a printing shop that printed posters, illustrations, and descriptive handbills that he personally designed.

Maybe I was a poor judge for his work, but every new creation he introduced totally impressed me. One of his important customers was the Horn & Hardart restaurant chain. He did some important illustrative work for a center city Philadelphia jeweler who purportedly did custom work for British Royalty.

The business name for his shop was the "Oshiver Studio Press." It was located on the second floor of a building on either Walnut or Chestnut street, (I don't remember which) near the intersection of Eighth Street. He maintained a small room on that floor which he used as a studio. I remember his bringing an old derelict into that studio.

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